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U.S. Air Force relies on Phase3D for real-time inspections during 3D printing

Phase3D has been selected by the U.S. Air Force to advance quality control in additive manufacturing through a Phase I contract from the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program.

Phase3D is partnering with the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) to develop Fringe Research, a technology for real-time inspection and certification of powder-based additive manufacturing. The project focuses on integrating data from multiple sensors to improve defect detection, especially in critical additive manufacturing applications.

“Phase3D’s heightmap data does not exist in a vacuum. While we have seen excellent correlation and predictive capabilities from heightmap layer data from structured light, we are excited to announce the development of incorporating multiple data streams to increase detection capabilities to our customers,” says Dr. Niall O’Dowd, Founder and CEO of Phase3D.

Through the improved integration of sensor data, Phase3D can increase the accuracy and reliability of monitoring during the printing process. Early detection of defects enables timely corrections or termination of the printing process, which reduces the reject rate and improves the overall yield.

Phase3D’s developments represent an important step forward for quality control in additive manufacturing. The technology promises to reduce production costs and improve machine utilization and project lead times by providing reliable quality assurance for manufactured parts. Phase3D thus sets new standards in the industry and supports more efficient and cost-effective production.

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